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Poster: Truth Johnny Date: Jun 22, 2007 11:04pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: What are the rules for using audio from Public Domain movies?

Sorry, it's been a while since I posted.

However, the music I referred to was Stardust in the film Peeping Tom's Paradise, which is Public Domain.

I want to take the music from the film to use in my film and was hoping it, as is the visuals in the film, in Public Domain.

best,
tj

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Poster: adisonedu Date: Sep 26, 2007 4:48pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: What are the rules for using audio from Public Domain movies?

I beleive that the music from a public domain movie can be used in other formats unless the music itself is not labeled as public domain.

The music may not have been made just for the movie and unless it was produced before 1922 it is someone's music. You are playing in a highly legal grey area, tread lightly.

Preston - http://www.adison.edu

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffBridgewater Video Date: Jun 25, 2007 1:20pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: What are the rules for using audio from Public Domain movies?

Hello TJ. First I must write/say the words....."I don't work for the Archive, and I AM NOT A LAWYER....Talk to a lawyer for legal counsel before you act". I am sure the following comments will make most lawyers cringe. My first thought is, if in doubt - don't use the music. The next comment would be that I trust the "Prelinger Archive" portion of the "Internet Archive" as a source, so I would probably use the music if I was going to produce a simple video for fun and post it on the Archive or Youtube. If you are producing a video for resale, I would really hesitate to use music if I was unsure of it's original source. My first step would be to ID the music. I have heard of a program recently that can take a few notes of music and the program can ID the song. Perhaps another Archive user may know the name of the ID program, sorry, I don't. I would also suggest that the only version of the music that might be public domain would be the version taken directly from the film. A cut of the same song from an album/tape/CD/DVD is not the same. It may have been re-released years later and have a different copyright date....... I would be more likely to believe you will not find a record of copyright on the music. Low budget film producers had the same problems years ago that they have today. It is likely that the films producer used a music cut produced locally by a local band so he didn't have to worry about getting sued........In the long run, I would say if you are still in doubt.....don't use the music....better safe than sorry.